With Mother’s Day just over a week away I couldn’t resist in reviewing the Perfect picture book for Mother and Child. Come share in the joy of wisdom and wonder from the pages of……..
“Thanks to You” Wisdom from Mother & Child
Authors: Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
Ages: All ages
Theme: gift of love and faith, perspective, wonder, wisdom
First Lines: Thanks to you….. I I spread my wings and try to touch the sky
Thanks to you…
I trust the leap of faith it takes to fly
Synopsis: From the front inside flap….. “Thanks to you… a cloud becomes a castle for a king Thanks to you… I notice wonder in the smallest thing.
Children learn much about the world from their mothers. But what about the unexpected wisdom mothers gain while parenting? Julie Andrews Edwards and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton share their mutual discoveries and delight in the growth experiences of childhood and motherhood. Accompanied by photographs from the authors’ extended family collection, these personal exchanges between mother and child celebrate a special bond while reflecting a universal truth.”
Why I like this: Oh I don’t like this book; I LOVE THIS book. From the beautiful up-close photo of mother and daughter cuddling on the front cover, to the small child sitting next to her young Mum on the steps of the lake so prominently featured on of the most famous movies of all time, this book is full of all those special ohhh and awww moments in a child’s life. The beautiful rhyming text opens up a world we as adults rarely take notice of. As Emma and Julie explain in the Foreword,… as parents and grandparents we hand down lessons, but what emerged through writing this book was the lessons they have learned from their own children. The power of love as a parent, risk taking, courage and perception we learn from children. While we look at the bigger picture our children invite us to look at the details. “Our mothers have shaped us, but our children define us.”
As I flip through the pages I am reminded of why I bought this book. It reminds me of my Nana. Her and I spent many happy hours together when I was younger. Long walks picking daisys, sitting on the sandy white beach eating dinner, or dancing in her living room to Dinah Lees “Blue Beat”. (now I am showing my age…lol.) Always we chatted about anything and everything… oh the memories.
It’s a beautiful book to give as a gift from mother to child, or child to mother, or grandmother to grandchild, or grandchild to grandmother. From the very young to the elderly. This would be the perfect book for a perfect gift.
Sunday 13th May
Resources and Findings: The lovely Julie Andrews Collection website has some tips on how to spend time reading with your child… http://julieandrewscollection.com/10-tips-for-getting-the-most-out-of-reading-with-your-child/
Scroll down this website for some neat writing crafts to make for Mothers Day… http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/mothersday/
Here are some very creative ideas for Mothers Day, to make you smile…. http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/mothersday.html
Another beautiful craft making ideas for Mum website… http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Mothers-Day-Crafts.html
This is from a website of hilarious images children have of parents and life in general.
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.